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FAH Leader Comments on Surprise Billing Event

May 09, 2019 | Chip Kahn

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No patient should ever receive a surprise medical bill. We appreciate the administration’s efforts to engage on this issue and we support a federal legislative solution that protects patients. That means ending balance billing and ensuring a patient’s cost-sharing is based on an in-network rate.

Once patients are protected, health care providers and insurers should work together to determine payment amounts for the services provided.

Ideas like “bundled payments” and rate setting may seem straightforward, but the truth is they are untested, unproven and an unnecessary government intrusion into the private market.

We look forward to working with the administration and the Congress on a solution that achieves our common goal of protecting patients.